(UPDATED) Six Birmingham firefighters and two family members of the patient were admitted and quarantined with suspected Ebola Symptoms.
- A suspected with Ebola Symptoms patient in Birmingham showed negative result.
- No Ebola found in Birmingham patient, family members, firefighters.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue officials confirm tests of the patient, family members and firefighters were negative for the Ebola virus. None of the firefighters are showing any signs of Ebola Symptoms, but are “anxious,” according to source.
Virus Ebola Symptoms: According to Mayo Clinic, Ebola symptoms and signs typically begin abruptly within five to 10 days of infection with Ebola virus. Early signs and symptoms of Ebola include: Nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea, Red eyes, Raised rash, Chest pain and cough, Stomach pain, Severe weight loss.
The bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising, may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum when near death.
What is the Ebola virus? A rare, disease also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever. A virus that causes severe bleeding, organ failure, and can lead to death. An infectious and generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding, spread through contact with infected body fluids by a Filovirus (Ebola virus), whose normal host species is unknown.
Symptoms of Ebola virus and treatment: Patients diagnosed with Ebola virus disease are placed in isolation in intensive care, where their blood oxygen levels and blood pressure are maintained at the right level and their body organs supported.
The length of time between exposure to the virus and the development of Ebola symptoms is between 2 to 21 days, and usually between 4 to 10 days. However, recent estimates based on mathematical models predict that around 5% of cases may take greater than 21 days to develop.
The most widespread epidemic of Ebola virus disease in history is currently ongoing in three West African countries. It has caused significant mortality, with reported case fatality rates of up to 70% and specifically 57–59% among hospitalized patients.
Ebola origin: Ebola virus disease was first described in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa; this is the 26th outbreak and the first to occur in West Africa.
Ebola virus history, In 2014 the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The WHO has been widely criticized for its delay in taking action to address the epidemic. By September 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the non-governmental organization (NGO) with the largest working presence in the affected countries, had grown increasingly critical of the international response.
There has been heavy criticism of the WHO from some aid agencies because its response was perceived as slow and insufficient, especially during the early stages of the outbreak.
Ebola virus facts: In October 2014, the Associated Press reported that in an internal draft document the WHO admitted that “nearly everyone” involved in the Ebola response failed to notice factors that turned the outbreak into the biggest on record, and they had missed chances to stop the spread of Ebola due to “incompetent staff, bureaucracy and a lack of reliable information”.
Speaking on 3 September, the president of MSF spoke out concerning the lack of assistance from the United Nations member countries saying, “Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Ebola Symptoms, Virus FACTS Image EPA